The following four referees and five linesmen have been selected to work the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals. The officials are selected based on the merit of their performance over the course of the regular season and their work thus far in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
As was the case during the Conference Finals, all games during the Kelly Cup Finals will utilize the two-referee system.
Referees: Pierre Lambert, Frederic Leblanc, Ryan Murphy and Stephen Reneau
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Francois Dussureault, Shaun Morgan, Patrick Richardson and Steven Walsh
It is the fourth Finals assignment for Murphy, who also worked the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Finals, and the third straight year that LeBlanc has worked the Kelly Cup Finals. It is the second consecutive Finals appearance for Lambert while Reneau is in the Finals for the first time.
Daisy and Morgan are appearing in the Kelly Cup Finals for the third straight season while it is the second consecutive Finals for Walsh. Dussureault and Richardson are working the Finals for the first time.
“This is a terrific honor for all of these officials to reach the Kelly Cup Finals,” said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “Each of them has earned this assignment as a result of their performance throughout the playoffs. For the officials working their first Finals, it will be a great experience, and for the officials returning to the Finals, it is a very good honor to have worked multiple final series. It speaks to the development of officials in the ECHL and is something that our supervisory staff and I take a great deal of pride in.”
Kelly Cup Finals (Best of Seven)
Allen Americans vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Sunday, May 31 at 4:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas
Game 2 – Tuesday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas
Game 3 – Wednesday, June 3 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas
Game 4 – Sunday, June 7 at 7:05 p.m. ET at North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C.
Game 5 – Tuesday, June 9 at 7:05 p.m. ET at North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C. *
Game 6 – Wednesday, June 10 at 7:05 p.m. ET at North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C. *
Game 7 – Sunday, June 14 at 4:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas *
* – If Necessary
Allen defeated Ontario 4 games to 3 in the Western Conference Finals, winning Game 7 at home on Wednesday 3-1. The Americans, who are the first expansion team to reach the Kelly Cup Finals since Idaho in 2004, are just the fifth team in ECHL postseason history to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3 games to 1.
South Carolina defeated Toledo 4 games to 3 in the Eastern Conference Finals, winning Game 7 at Toledo on Wednesday 1-0 in triple overtime. The Stingrays are appearing in the Kelly Cup Finals for the fourth time in team history. The Stingrays have captured the Kelly Cup title in each of their previous three trips (1997, 2001 and 2009) and are tied with Alaska and Hampton Roads for the most championships in ECHL history.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 569 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 28 who made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.